Over 46 companies from 11 countries participated in the investment conference seeking for the projects related to transferring of Olvia stevedoring company and Kherson maritime merchandise port into concession, Ukrainian Sea Port Authority (USPA) reported.
According to the USPA, apart from the participants of Ukraine, the companies from Turkey, Belgium, the Netherlands, Singapore, Great Britain, Denmark, United States, Qatar, Georgia and Germany attended the conference.
Infrastructure Minister Vladyslav Krykliy and Chairman of Verkhovna Rada Committee on Transport and Infrastructure Yuriy Kysil have assured potential investors that all branches of power back implementation of the concession projects in the ports.
“Potential investors can expect that on a par with how they implement their projects in the port industry, the state will develop automobile and transport infrastructure. This will improve logistics throughout the country and load new capacities in the ports,” the report said.
According to USPA CEO Raivis Veckagans, tenders for pilot state stevedoring concession projects in Olvia stevedore and Kherson port open up new opportunities for the Ukrainian port industry to attract private investment in the development of port infrastructure, which have long been actively used in EU countries.
Required capital investment of both as estimated by international consultants amounts up to $65 million. These funds to be meant for modernization of existing port infrastructure, restoration of movable property in Kherson port, in Olvia the funds will be meant for reconstruction, modernization of existing facilities and construction of new port terminals.
This will increase the volume of transshipment of goods, revenues coming to the state and local budgets from the work of stevedores. Also, the cities of Mykolaiv and Kherson will receive mutual contributions from investors for the development of transport infrastructure related to the activities of ports.
The assets of the state stevedoring company in the Olvia stevedore to be transferred to the concession for a period of 35 years, and in the port of Kherson – for 30 years. At the same time, they will remain in state ownership and after the completion of concession agreements will be transferred to the state together with all the facilities in which the company invests, which will build or modernize them.
Nika-Tera sea terminal (Nika-Tera specialized seaport, Mykolaiv), part of Group DF belonging to Dmytro Firtash, in July 2019 handled 790,000 tonnes of cargo, which is two times more than in the same period of 2018, the company reported on its website.
According to the report, the major volume of cargo turnover at Nika-Tera accounted for grain and leguminous cargoes (73%), bulk cargoes ranked second (27%).
In July, the terminal handled 37 vessels transshipping and that was the highest indicator of this month since the beginning of the work of the terminal.
As reported, Nika-Tera handled 335 vessels transshipping, 5.84 million tonnes of freights in 2018, which is 40% more than in 2017.
Nika-Tera is a highly mechanized marine terminal, part of Group DF’s port business. The terminal includes four specialized complexes: grain, for transshipment of fertilizers, bulk freight, and liquid cargo.
Nibulon (Mykolaiv), one of the largest grain traders in Ukraine, intends to build a port in the village of Oleksandrivka (Kherson region) in five years, the company said in a statement.
“This port is a great prospect for the development of the entire Kherson region. This is an extremely difficult task and very large investments, but our company can do this only in five years,” CEO of the company Oleksiy Vadatursky said.
According to him, Nibulon continues the implementation of the investment program in Kherson region. There are already two transshipment terminals of the company in the village of Kozatske and Hola Prystan, while next year the company plans to increase the capacity of the Hola Prystan transshipment terminal by 20,000 tonnes, as well as to expand the capacity of this enterprise for accepting rice.
The company plans in the next two years to reorient almost all of its cargoes to the Dnipro River and transport by water up to 4 million tonnes of products per year, which will allow reducing the load on the roads.
Nibulon cultivates 83,000 hectares of land. It exports agricultural products to more than 60 countries. The annual export volume exceeds 4.5 million tonnes.
Some 20 large international companies are interested in the concession of Kherson Maritime Merchant Port and Olvia Stevedoring Company, Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan has said. “We expect that the tender on Kherson and Olvia seaports will start this year. We have more than 20 applications from powerful companies,” the minister said at a press conference in Kyiv. According to him, large international companies expressed their interest.
As reported, with reference to the Infrastructure Ministry, previously Qatar expressed interest in the concession of Olvia and Kherson seaports.
Nika-Tera marine specialized terminal (Mykolaiv), part of Group DF belonging to Dmytro Firtash, has accepted the first batch of grain of the 2018 harvest.
According to a company report on its Facebook page, the first truck with grain from the south of Kherson region with barley of the 2018 harvest was accepted on June 8.
Transshipment of goods at the port as of June 10 amounted to 2 million tonnes.
“The turnover of grains accounts for 61.3% in the structure of cargo turnover at the port. Bulk cargo accounts for 37.19%, and liquid freight for 1.51%,” the report says.
As reported, Nika-Tera in 2017 handled 229 vessels, transshipping 4.17 million tonnes of cargo, which is almost 4% more than in 2016.
Nika-Tera is a modern highly-mechanized marine terminal that is part of the Group DF port business.